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(bēlz), people, numbering about 3 million, who inhabit portions of Pakistan and of W central India, especially S Rajasthan and Gujarat states. They speak an Indo-European language, Bhili, and retain a distinctive culture, much affected by, but not absorbed into, Hinduism. They were traditional enemies of the Rajputs and allies of the Mughals.


See S. M. Doshi, Bhils (1971).



a group of related Indian tribes living mainly in the mountainous areas of the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Bombay. There are about 2.8 million Bhils (1967 estimate). They speak Bhil dialects related to Indian (Indo-Aryan) languages. Their religion is Hinduism, but they preserve ancient animistic beliefs. The basic occupation is agriculture (cultivation of rice, millet, beans and vegetables); hunting and fishing play a major role in their economy. The Bhils are being assimilated by neighboring peoples (Rajasthani, Gujarati, and Marathas).


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Naik, T. B. The Bhils. Delhi, 1956.
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The deceased belongs to Bhil community from Chota Raipur village under Jhalawar city police station area.
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The Bhil, Gonds, Mundas, Santhals and Oraons are Scheduled tribes living in the eastern and central regions of India and are believed to belong to the Australoid race.
The understanding of the chemistry of clay goes beyond the potter into other realms: the block-printers of Akola and Pipad in Rajasthan who use it in their special dabu--mud-resist style of printing; the cire perdue lost-wax method of metal-casting followed by tribal Dholcra craffspersons who create the inner core of their objects with clay; the mural painters from the Warli tribes of Maharashtra; the artists of Hazaribagh in Jharkhand; the Pithora paintings of the Bhil and Bihal tribes of western Madhya Pradesh; the Rathwas of eastern Gujarat who coat their wall-canvas with a mix of clay and other material.
Some pastoral tribes (Kohli, Bhil, Meghwar, Odes) did not migrate, as they never wanted to desert their land and cattle, their only sure sources of livelihood.
Bhagwanpura, Lata's village, predominately inhabited by the Bhil adivasis in Nimar district of the western Madhya Pradesh is in the grips of one of the worst droughts in decades.
As per Table 1, the most common caste of the participants was Bhil (25), followed by Dhodiya Patel (20), Rathawa (8), Chaudhari (8), and others.
It is mainly due to deforestation, forest fragmentation, anthropogenic disturbances, agricultural encroachment (Kumara & Singh 2006, Kumara & Suganthasakthivel 2011), hunting (Nandini 2001a, b, Kumara & Singh 2004), construction of national highways and cultural myths such as dried body, bones and hairs of flying squirrels are kept in huts of Bhil tribe, pieces of bones are tied around the neck of under weight human infants by Bhil and Garasia tribes and hair of flying squirrels are also used to fumigate the under weight human infants in the hope of weight gain (Koli et al.
When she left her normal life in Ottawa as a young woman, it was to go to the Bhil Field in rural India, the jungle, the ultimate middle of nowhere; knowing relatively nothing of the country, or of being a missionary.
Every year during the month of Maag (January to February) various tribal communities, notably the Bhil, the Gujjar and Garijat, arrive at Molela accompanied by their bhopa, priests, in order to buy new votive images of their deities.
The Bhil who was holding an officer's polo pony, the Eurasian who drove the Nawab Bahadur's car, the Nawab Bahadur himself, the Nawab Bahadur's debauched grandson.